This Week in Racing History (January 22-28)

Mike Stucker, historian

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

January 22
Porsche 959s finish first (Metge/Lemoyne), second (Ickx/Brasseur), and sixth (Kussmaul/Unger) in the Paris-Dakar Rally (1986).

1986 Porsche 959 Paris Dakar
1986 Porsche 959 Paris Dakar

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

January 23
Richard Petty drives a Plymouth to victory in the NASCAR Winston Cup Riverside 250 in Riverside, California, USA. NASCAR debut for Mark Donohue and his Penske AMC Matador (1972).

January 24
Ken Miles drives the R-1, an MG special he built, to victory in the Desert Trophy Race at Palm Springs, California, USA (1954).

January 25
The Ford Motor Company of Australia withdraws from motor racing (1974).

January 26
Roscoe Sarles drives a Miller-powered Roamer to victory at Ascot in Los Angeles, California, USA (1919).

January 27
1972 Can-Am and Trans-Am champion George Follmer born (1934).

January 28
Bruce Mclaren drives a BRM to victory in his last race in New Zealand, at Teretonga (1968).

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Series Vintage
Drivers George Follmer , Ken Miles , Richard Petty , Eric Gilbert , Mark Donohue
Tags brm, dakar, donohue, ford, mclaren, miles, penske, porsche, stucker